The showmanship of basketball’s slam dunk mesmerized Asher Price as a child, but even with his height (six foot plus) and impressive wingspan, he never pushed himself to try ituntil now. Approaching middle age, Asher decides to spend a year remaking his body and testing his mind as he wonders what untapped talent he still possesses. In Year of the Dunk, Asher introduces us to a memorable cast of characters who help him understand the complexity of the human body and the individual drama at the heart of sports. Along the way he dives into the history and science of one of sports’ most exuberant acts, examining everything from our genetic predisposition towards jumping to the cultural role of the slam dunk. The year-long effort forces him to ask some fundamental questions about human ability and the degree to which we can actually improve ourselves, even with great determination.